TOKYO, February 10. /Corr. Kirill Agafonov/. Japanese Corporation Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, jointly with Mitsubishi Aircraft resumed test flights of the new Japanese short-haul airliner Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which were suspended in November last year due to the need for refinement of structural members. About this informed on Wednesday Agency Kiodo.
A new challenge was held at the Nagoya airport (Aichi Prefecture) in the Central part of the country. This test flight was the fourth under the account. The last test was held on 27 November 2015.
New Japanese passenger liner MRJ on the tests successfully dispersed up to takeoff speed
The reason for the delay in conducting test flights was the need to increase the number of ground tests of the aircraft, and also to carry out additional work on the fuselage. As noted in the manual of Mitsubishi Aircraft, airliner, there are some problems with the wing strength.
The cancellation of further tests led to the transfer of the first aircraft deliveries are expected in April-June 2017. Now the first customer of the MRJ, one of the largest Japanese airline All Nippon Airways will be able to get the liner until mid 2018. For holding appropriate certification the aircraft shall have at least 2.5 thousand flight hours, for which additional test flights are planned in the United States.
MRJ is the first in more than 50 years short-haul passenger aircraft of Japanese design. It has a range of from 1.5 thousand to 3.4 thousand kilometers. Depending on the modifications he is able to carry up to 90 passengers. The aircraft has capabilities similar to the Russian aircraft “Sukhoi Superjet 100”. Development of MRJ was carried out in 2007 and cost about 180 billion yen ($1.6 billion). In November last year, the aircraft successfully made several test flights. After completion of all tests, according to experts, he will undergo a complex certification procedure.
Mitsubishi Aircraft announced that it had orders for 407 liners for a total of 150 billion yen ($1.4 billion) from Japanese airlines and carriers from other Asian countries and also the USA. Hope MRJ lay major Japanese carriers Japan Airlines and ANA, expecting it to resume some domestic flights, which previously they had to refuse.